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Observations by Dr. Valerie Hobbs on the recent Church Society report

Dr. Valerie Hobbs is a linguist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, where she researches and teaches on religious language and other kinds of discourse. She is the author of An Introduction to Religious Language (Bloomsbury, 2021). Here she offers some brief but striking observations on the August 2021 Church Society report aboutContinue reading “Observations by Dr. Valerie Hobbs on the recent Church Society report”

Why did the Church of England ask us to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA)?

The Archbishop of Canterbury confirmed recently that the Church of England would not use Non Disclosure Agreements, but they seem alive and well in the form of Confidentiality Clauses. In January 2021, my vicar husband was asked by the Bishop of Derby to sign a NDA after being bullied out of St Peter’s Stapenhill byContinue reading “Why did the Church of England ask us to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA)?”

More voices of the congregation (that were ignored and silenced by Church Society, Derby Diocese and the Bishop of Maidstone)

Why were these voices of the congregation excluded from the August Church Society report by Lee Gatiss about the Andreyevs? Lee Gatiss and other Church Society leaders were aware that these voices existed, but chose to smother them in favour of voices that better suited the Church Society narrative. Surely this deliberate omission raises questionsContinue reading “More voices of the congregation (that were ignored and silenced by Church Society, Derby Diocese and the Bishop of Maidstone)”

Why wasn’t this included in Lee Gatiss’s report for Church Society? (Statement of support for the Andreyevs from the bishops)

The document below was written just before the Andreyevs went on pastoral leave to give them some respite from the group bullying them in church. It was written and signed by the former Bishop of Derby, Alastair Redfern, and the Bishop of Maidstone, Rod Thomas. Rod Thomas is also the President of Church Society –Continue reading “Why wasn’t this included in Lee Gatiss’s report for Church Society? (Statement of support for the Andreyevs from the bishops)”

A True Story

This is a true story. A woman moved from a different part of the country and started attending a local church and then its bible study. At first she was friendly and empathetic towards the vicar and his wife – and friendly to others. This woman encouraged the vicar’s wife to confide in her, butContinue reading “A True Story”

Why the Church Society report shouldn’t convince anybody

What might someone unfamiliar with the specific detail of the case in the Church Society report by Lee Gatiss be able to observe? Merely by being familiar with the workings of the Church of England, the realities of ministry as an incumbent, and what constitutes proper process, an interested reader of the ‘full’ report andContinue reading “Why the Church Society report shouldn’t convince anybody”

Church Society’s false claims about the CDM complaint against my husband (Responding to the report by Lee Gatiss)

In November 2017, a malicious complaint with false accusations and testimony against my husband was made under the Clergy Discipline Measure, as part of the ongoing campaign of bullying to drive my husband out of the church. This complaint was finally dismissed in May 2018. Lee Gatiss wrongly claims on page 3 of his 45-pageContinue reading “Church Society’s false claims about the CDM complaint against my husband (Responding to the report by Lee Gatiss)”

Church Society’s false claims about why we contacted them in the first place (Responding to the Church Society report by Lee Gatiss)

One of the most misleading aspects of Lee Gatiss’s recent report is that it falsely claims that my husband and I were asking Church Society to intervene with the parish and with the diocese. This is untrue, but it has confused readers of the report. The actual issues I wanted Church Society to address wereContinue reading “Church Society’s false claims about why we contacted them in the first place (Responding to the Church Society report by Lee Gatiss)”

The Voice of the Congregation – responding to the Church Society report by Lee Gatiss

The widely circulated Church Society report about me and my husband in August 2021 is full of untruths, misleading statements, inaccuracies, misrepresentation, and distortion throughout. It is not my intention to provide a companion guide to Church Society’s 45-page document. However, it is easy to show that as a report, it lacks basic integrity. TheContinue reading “The Voice of the Congregation – responding to the Church Society report by Lee Gatiss”

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